Make Tea Not War: Exposing the back side…

Needing to be able to see the front AND the back of a particular piece? Well backless framing is no problem for us! I recently had a client come in to frame a “Make Tea Not War” postcard, but still wanted to be able to see the back side where it had been addressed. We framed the back with it’s own linen matting and another piece of plexi-glas on top of it, giving it’s own frame separate from the front. We used plexi-glas instead of regular glass because it is light weight, and since we were using two sheets it was able to stay that way once it was put together. Once the extended piece of kevlar cord is attached and he will be able to swing it back and forth making it easy to display and show off both sides of the piece. This postcard was interesting to say Continued reading →

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How do I put a custom frame on a canvas?

Before I started working here at ART on 5th I just thought you put frames around flat artwork and photographs and canvas pieces were stretched onto wooden frames and put on the wall with nothing else on show other than the canvas itself. In some cases that’s absolutely fine, it might not suit the piece to have a frame covering the sides. Sometimes we do what’s called a gallery wrap where the canvas is wrapped around a hidden wooden frame with the actual artwork continuing around the sides. One of the best examples of how effective gallery wrapping can be is currently on view here at ART on 5th. One of our regular artists Isabelle Dupuy uses thick layers of paint to make flowers look 3 dimensional on the canvas and the flowers continue around the sides to create a great effect on your wall as you can see in Continued reading →

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Seven Etched Christmas Cards

Some of my favorite custom framing jobs are those that have a strong sentimental value to the client.  There is something to be said about a client trusting you with a piece or in this case seven pieces that are irreplaceable.                              This week we had a client bring in seven original etched Christmas cards that were created every year from the late 1920s to 1960s.  The cards were originally the client’s grandmother’s and the frame needed updating.   It is always exciting and a bit nerve racking to take apart an old frame, you just never know what you are going to find!  In this case I was very surprised to see the cards stacked and taped to each other behind the mat.  After a minor surgical procedure our Senior Framer was able to free the Continued reading →

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Vintage Binaca Poster

Last week I was lucky enough to get an original vintage Binaca poster from 1944 in the gallery for custom framing. This poster “Swiss Object Realism Style” by famous poster designer Niklaus Stoecklin from 1944 is nothing short of amazing.  When it comes to framing an old poster, considering linen backing is always a good option. “Linen Backing is a conservation method used to mount and preserve vintage posters so they can be displayed or framed without compromising value. Damaged posters are stabilized through linen backing and restoration to protect the poster from further damage. Linen backing holds the poster flat and smooth allowing it to be easily handled, stored or framed. Most vintage posters have suffered tears, folds and losses over the years. This makes them look frayed and irreparable. Don’t let this discourage you. An experienced restorer is capable of bringing a damaged poster back to life. Folds can be easily flattened once Continued reading →

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An eclectic mix of custom framing in Austin

As we like to say here in Austin, “Keep Austin Weird”. This past month has seen an amazing eclectic mixture of custom framing jobs pass through our door, helping to keep that saying alive. It’s not that any of the items we’ve framed are particularly weird, but the point I’m trying to make is that, lets just say, we’ve had a weird and wonderful mixture of jobs which is why we love what we do. We’ve framed, amongst others….   A giant flat screen TV that is a mirror when switched off – TV when switched on (very cool but also very heavy..!) A huge 1940’s advertising poster with the biggest cartoon squirrel you’ve ever seen (my favorite piece to date) A certificate hand signed by President Obama (and signed by Hilary Clinton too..!) An original New York City Subway NYTA advertisement (one of the skinny ads that go above Continued reading →

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